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From frescoed domes to cubist concrete horseman, Bulgaria is a nation where ancient and modern collides in a truly dramatic way. This unique and varied tour takes in Roman ruins in Plovdiv, beautiful medieval monasteries and three of the largest communist monuments in the world. With free time to enjoy the mountain air and the sandy shores of the Black Sea.
- 4-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - max 26 people
- Direct International flights with British Airways
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- 9 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- Welcome drink
- Enjoy Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019
- Visit three of Europe's biggest Communist relics
- Private tour of the Unesco-listed Rila monastery
- Tour & wine tasting in Brestovitsa
- Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Average group size - 20 people (max 26)
Day 1: Fly to Sofia
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Sofia with British Airways. Transfer to the Rosslyn Central Park Hotel for 2 nights. Free time to explore the city. Evening welcome drink.
Day 2: Sofia
Morning walking tour including a visit to the Roman ruins of Serdica and the multi-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps visit the National Historical Museum, with its collection of Thracian treasures of gold and silver.
Day 3: Rila monastery • Plovdiv
Full-day visit to the Rila monastery. This Unesco-listed 10th-century complex consists of a church decorated in colourful medieval frescos and an imposing courtyard of wooden galleries and balconies.
Day 4: Plovdiv
Walking tour of Old Plovdiv. As Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it is an intriguing mix of ancient Roman ruins, 19th-century mansions and modern coffee houses.
Day 5: Nessebâr • Varna
Early departure from Plovdiv to the Black Sea and the pretty, historical town of Nessebâr. Located on an islet just off the coast, it is known for its collection of ruined churches.
Day 6: Varna
Morning sightseeing tour of Bulgaria’s maritime capital, including the Dormition of the Mother of God Cathedral, the Archaeological Museum and the huge Monument of Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, high above the city. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 7: Shumen • Veliko Târnovo
Transfer to Veliko Târnovo via Shumen and the Monument to 1,300 Years of Bulgaria. This colossal cubist monument was completed in 1981 and depicts kings and heroes from Bulgarian history.
Day 8: Veliko Târnovo
Morning walking tour of Veliko Târnovo, including Tsarevets fortress, citadel of the Second Bulgarian Empire, and a visit to the village of Arbanassi. Afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy this laid-back university town.
Day 9: Shipka • Sofia
Return to Sofia via the Shipka Pass, visiting the ghostly Buzludzha monument. This huge saucershaped building at the summit of Buzludzha peak was originally conceived as a socialist assembly hall.
Day 10: Sofia • Fly to London
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London.
Central Park Hotel, Sofia
Located in the heart of downtown Sofia, the Rosslyn Central Park Hotel offers a high level of comfort combined with warm Bulgarian hospitality.
Meridian Hotel Bolyarski, Veliko Turnovo
The unique architecture of the Meridian Hotel Bolyarski's 15 floors offers comfortable rooms and scenic views over the river and the Veliko Tarnovo hills.
Modus Hotel, Varna
Located in the heart of Varna, beside the entrance to the splendid Sea Gardens, The Modus Hotel is a modern 3-star hotel. The 35 rooms each have air-conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe.
Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium, Plovdiv
Built in 1956, the 4-star Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium is ideally located just walking distance from the city centre and historic sites nearby.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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